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Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:43

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Friday, 25 May 2018 10:46

Privacy & Cookies Policy


 We at the Bowls Development Alliance, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0EX (“we” or “our” or “us”) want to make sure all the personal information we have collected about you, , is safe and secure whether we collect it through our website’s at, and (“Site”) or from other sources.  This Policy set outs our commitments to you, in compliance with and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (commonly known as the GDPR) and explains how we collect, store and use your personal information.

We have not appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with data protection laws as we not required to do so, but our Finance & Governance Manager has overall responsibility for data protection compliance in our organisation.  If you have any questions about this Policy or what we do with your personal information, their contact details are set out in the "Contact" section below.


Collecting specific, relevant personal information is a necessary part of us being able to provide you with any services you may request from us or in providing services to our customers and members or just managing our relationship with you.

When we hold or use your personal information as a data controller (see below for a description of what this is) we will provide you with a privacy notice which sets out in detail what information we hold about you (such as your contact details, address, etc.), how your personal information may be used and the reasons for these uses, together with details of your rights. 

Where we collect personal information from you directly, we will provide this privacy notice at the time we collect the personal information from you.  Where we receive your personal information indirectly, we will provide this privacy notice when we first contact you, first pass the data to someone else or within a month, whichever is the earlier.

We will only provide this privacy notice to you once, generally at the start of our relationship with you.  However if the applicable privacy notice is updated substantially, then we may provide you with details of the updated version.  You are encouraged to check back regularly for updates.

Copies of our current privacy notices can be found below:

  • Member privacy notice –

Please note that it is possible for you to be covered by more than one privacy notice, for example you may be a member who comes onto our premises and is recorded on CCTV.  In this example both our member privacy notice and our CCTV privacy notice would apply to you.


A data controller is a person who controls how personal information is processed and used.  A data processor is a person who processes and uses personal information in accordance with the instructions of a third party, i.e. the data controller.

This distinction is important.  You have certain rights in relation to your personal information, for example the right to be provided with the personal information held about you and details of its use and the right to have certain of your personal information either erased or anonymised, commonly referred to as the right to be forgotten (see below to see what rights you have).  These rights can generally only be exercised against a data controller of your information. 

In most cases we will not be a data controller of your personal information.  In any case where we are not a data controller this means that you cannot exercise these rights against us directly (i.e. where we only act as a data processor), but you can do so against the data controller (i.e. the person who controls how we process the personal information).  In these cases we will endeavour to inform you who is the data controller of your personal information so that you can direct any such requests to them.

Also it is only a data controller that will provide you with a privacy notice about your personal information, so where we process your personal information as a data controller we will provide you with a privacy notice.  Where we process your personal information as a data processor for a third party, that third party should provide you with a privacy notice which will set out details regarding the processing of your personal information, which should also include the processing to be carried out by us on their behalf.


We will use your personal information as described in the privacy notice provided to you, but, for example, we may use your personal information to administer any account(s) you have with us or to send you information we think you might find useful, provided you have indicated that you are happy to be contacted for these purposes.  To see how we use your personal information, please see our current privacy notices, which can be accessed below:

  • Member privacy notice –


Details of how we disclose your personal information are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but generally it is where we need to do so in order to run our organisation (e.g. where other people process information for us). In such circumstances, we will put in place arrangements to protect your personal information.  Outside of that we do not disclose your personal information unless we are required to do so by law. 

If we transfer personal information about you outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we will let you know and ensure that all reasonable security measures are taken and that any third party processers will be required to process the information in accordance with information protection laws and we will notify you in your privacy notice if we are the information controller.

We do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others.


Further details of how long we hold onto your personal information for are set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but we will only hold your information for as long as is necessary or where you ask us to delete records we may delete it earlier. 

The duration for which we retain your personal information will differ depending on the type of information and the reason why it was collected. However, in some cases personal information may be retained on a long term basis: for example, personal information that we need to retain for legal purposes will normally be retained for at least six years in accordance with usual commercial practice and regulatory requirements.

what are Your rights?

Full details of your rights set out in the relevant privacy notice provided to you, but you are entitled by law to ask for a copy of your personal information at any time. You are also entitled to ask us to correct, delete or update your personal information, to send your personal information to you or another organisation and to object to automated decision making. Where you have given us your consent to use your personal information in a particular manner, you also have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. 

To exercise any of your rights, or if you have any questions relating to your rights, please contact us by using the details set out in the "Contact" section below. You can also unsubscribe from any direct marketing by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the marketing messages we send to you.

You should note that some of your rights may not apply as they have specific requirements and exemptions which apply to them and they may not also apply to personal information recorded and stored by us.  However your right to withdraw consent or object to processing for direct marketing are absolute rights.

If you are unhappy with the way we are using your personal information you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office or your local data protection regulator. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at  However, we are here to help and would encourage you to contact us to resolve your complaint first.

linking with third party sites

Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our commercial partners, other national and regional bodies, advertisers and clubs.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and they will be a data controller of your personal information. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and you should check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

In addition, if you linked to this Site from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners or operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site and contact its owner or operator if you have any concerns or questions.


We employ a variety of technical and organisational measures to keep your personal information safe and to prevent unauthorised access to, or use, or disclosure of it. Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet is guaranteed 100% secure nor is any storage of information always 100% secure, but we do take all appropriate steps to protect the security of your personal information. 


Certain parts of our Site use "cookies" to keep track of your visit and to help you navigate between sections. A cookie is a small data file that certain websites store on your computer's hard-drive when you visit such websites. Cookies can contain information such as your user ID and the pages you have visited. The only personal information a cookie contains is information that you have personally supplied.

We use cookies on our Site to enable us to deliver content that is specific to your interests and gives us an idea of which parts of the Site you are visiting and to recognise you when you return to the Site. Reading cookies does not give us access to other information on your computer's hard-drive and our Site will not read cookies created by other websites that you have visited.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. If, however, you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you access the Site.

Please note providers of third party content may also use cookies over which we have no control.


In common with most websites, our Site logs various information about visitors, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP) information, referring / exit pages and date / time stamp.

We may use this information to analyse trends, administer the Site, track your movement around the Site and gather broad demographic information.

Changes to this policy

Any changes we may make to this Policy in the future will be posted on our Site and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. When we change this Policy in a material way, we will update the version date at the bottom of this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Policy and should you object to any alteration, please contact us as set out in the "Contact" section below.


In the event of any query or complaint in connection with the information we hold about you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to us at BDA, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Our Finance & Governance Manager can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whilst this privacy policy sets out a general summary of your legal rights in respect of personal information, this is a very complex area of law. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at

Version Date: 25th May 2018


Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:36

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:41

Women Can Leaders


Please click on the picture or name of the leader to read more about them!

Di Wilson Rogers Diane Siggery Bernie Hill Helen Wood
Di Wilson-Rogers Diane Siggery Bernie Hill Helen Wood
Julie Leake Nicola Bowe Peggy Cole Sue Alexander
Julie Leake Nicole Bowe Peggy Cole Sue Alexander
Pa Walker      
Pa Walker      


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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:34

Women Can Leader - Pa Walker


Pa WalkerIt was approximately 10 years ago when I went down to my local Bowls Club with my husband, John who was meeting a friend to have a roll up.  Unfortunately, the friend wasn’t able to make it, so I reluctantly agreed to give it a try and have a practice with John. In truth, having played badminton and volleyball in my native country of Thailand, playing sport has always appealed to me and having watched John play, I had been interested in what it was all about. According to John, it was immediately obvious that the hours I had spent watching had not been waisted!  

People at the club said that I was a ‘natural’ and it wasn’t long before the ladies in the club approached me to start to play properly. It was Di Hurst and Jan Everitt, two of the clubs committee members who took me under their wings and encouraged me to join them playing in competitive games. We started to win county competitions, we qualified through to the national championships, and one year, we won the National Fours! Our success at the nationals attracted interest, and I was over the moon when the England selectors asked me to go to an England trial. In Glasgow in 2013, my dream came true, I played in the British Isles Fours Championships with my club mates and also got my first international for England playing lead in a rink against Jersey.

My experience at international level was cut short, as following some time spent back in Thailand, for family reasons, we decided to move back there for a while. When back in my native country, bowls took a bit of a side step as there are very few greens around where my family is from, with the nearest being in Bangkok, some 4 hours away. However, when we moved back to the UK recently, bowling, again became my number one recreation. I re-joined my original club, Birstall Ladies, who had made me a life member for both my achievements and contributions to the club and who I feel, is my second family. I feel very much at home there and I get heavily involved in club activities, both on and off the green. In the past, I have performed various duties on the committee i.e. league captain and selector and I also do a lot of catering at the club, including Thai food nights which seem to go down well! This year, I intend to play as many competitive games as possible and hopefully do well. It is very much my ambition to represent England again and give back something to the sport that has given me so much.

I think bowls has a lot to offer women. As well as providing competitive opportunities, more importantly it is an extended family that you can belong to and feel part of whether you are in your native home or adopted country.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:24

Women Can Leader - Sue Alexander


Sue AlexanderI have always played sport from the age of 11, playing hockey and tennis for Spalding High School until leaving. On leaving school, I then started to play Table Tennis in local leagues which I did for several years before I discovered Badminton which then became my sport. I played for several years for the Ely Badminton club.            

I stumbled into bowls a bit by accident. My husband John, who had also played Table Tennis, was struggling to play at a standard that he enjoyed thanks to his knees. He was trying to decide between golf and bowls when our next-door neighbour, Ian, said that he was a member of the local village club and to go down with him to give it a go. He did and was hooked! When he first started, every now and then I would go down to watch and take our children with me and on one occasion, I was asked to play in a competition as they were one short. The long and short of it, was, I played, enjoyed it and started bowling the following season. This was thirty years ago now!

Bowls really has been a focal part of our family life for the last 25 years. Not long after I started, both my daughters decided to try the game. Ellen carried on, whilst Sara decided it wasn’t for her. Both my parents then began playing before they retired and bowls then became a big part of their retirement, keeping them busy, fit and active. One of the things that I love most about bowls is that I have been able to play with both my mother and daughter. The icing on the cake being winning both national and British Isles titles.

As well as enjoying the competitive side of the game, I enjoy the social side too. Through bowls, I have met and made friends with people from lots of other clubs, counties and countries.  That’s the great thing about bowls, it has no boundaries and brings people together from different places and backgrounds.

Alongside playing, I have always been active in the administration of the sport, holding roles within both club and county including Secretary, Chairperson and President. I have also sat on national committees too. As well as being an active administrator, I have also recently ventured into coaching as I felt it was time to give something back to the sport to enable others to participate and enjoy the sport I love.

Bowls can give women independence, confidence and improves their social life by allowing them to meet others in a relaxed and social environment. It is something that women can do independently, with their friends, partner, children or grandchildren; it is something all generations of the family can do together which I think is both unique and special.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:18

Women Can Leader - Peggy Cole


Peggy ColeSport didn’t really interest me as a younger person. There was always too many other things to do, so it really didn’t feature in my life until later on. The only thing that I did do was cycle and walk my dog. Both of which got me out in the fresh air and kept me reasonably fit. The cycling, in part, was out of necessity, as we didn’t all have cars back in the day, let alone two per family!

I took early retirement at the age of 57 due to my husband’s sight failing so that I could be at home to support and care for him. It was important to both of us that being an active man all of his life, that he was still able to get out and about, do things and meet and engage with people.

I was looking for things that he could do when someone in the village mentioned that there was an indoor bowls club around 5 miles away from where we lived, who ran a weekly session for blind bowlers. So, we went along and he loved it. It gave him confidence, helped him come to terms with his sight loss and introduced us to a whole new group of people. He enjoyed the competitiveness of it, both against others and testing himself, and for me, it was about the social side, getting to meet and talk to other partners who were doing the same as me, trying to support their other half with their disability.  From indoor bowling, he then tried outdoors, which he took to well, which meant that bowls was something that we could do all year round together.

It actually wasn’t until he passed away that I began playing myself. I was 60 at the time, and I’m now 86! Over the past 25 years, bowls has been there for me, through both good and bad times. I battled cancer and bowls was without doubt, an important part of my recovery. Initially, when I wasn’t well enough to go out, friends from the bowls club would come around to see me, which gave me comfort and company. And then when I started to feel better, the bowls club was the place where I would go to get out of the house. Even though I wasn’t well enough to play at that point, there were always games to watch or people to talk to, so it gave me much needed lifeline.

I play bowls because I love it! The social side is really important to me as it means that I am in company instead of being at home by myself. I also like to play competitive team games. I hope to continue playing as long as possible but even when I can’t, the bowls club is still somewhere I can go and feel like I belong.

I think bowls can offer women many things. When you are older it makes sure you get some exercise, meet people and keeps you feeling young at heart.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:14

Women Can Leader - Nicola Bowe



Nicola BoweI have always thoroughly enjoyed sport and gained a great deal from participating. I played hockey, netball, rounders and tennis for my school and was lucky enough to play for my county at hockey the North of England in hockey. I enjoy team sports and gain most from the team banter and camaraderie during competitive sport. I actually started bowling when I was 10 years old - it was just something “I did”. I was lucky that for us as a family it was a hobby that we could all do together at nights and on weekends. My dad played first, then my mam and brother and I soon followed! Now I have the delight of playing with my 18 year old niece. Luckily for me at Wigton Bowls Club there was a generation of young bowlers all of a similar age and we all grew up together; socialised together and remained tight friends - we were known as “the bowlers” in the town and we stuck together and still do today!

People often ask me why I bowl, well its quite simple, I just love it! It is a great game of skill combined with strategy and sports psychology. I thrive on team games rather than singles as I enjoy that team spirit, support and banter. For anyone who hasn’t played it must seem easy when watching but it is a great game of touch and skill. I also love being outside, so for me outdoor bowling is a great pleasure. I’m lucky living where I do that I can play on the most picturesque bowling greens, get some exercise while breathing in some good old fashioned fresh air. There is nothing better than getting on a bowling green on a summer evening!  Now I am in a demanding job, I find in particular that it improves my mental health. Alongside bowling, I now visit the gym two to three times a week and find as I get older that both playing bowls and going to the gym has improved my mental well being through helping me to switch off and de-stress after a busy day working as a Deputy Headteacher in a large Junior school.

Having bowled for over 30 years now, moving into coaching seemed like a natural progression. I have always coached sport at a variety of levels - whilst doing my A Level PE I helped out in the school’s PE department coaching a variety of sports to 11 to 16 year olds. I then qualified as a primary teacher and have taught PE for two hours a week as well as providing many extra-curricular sports activities. Getting into coaching bowls has now enabled me to give a bit back to the real game I love and combine the skills I have from my profession.

I think bowls is a non-contact sport that can offer women low impact exercise as there is quite a lot of bending and walking in the game. As well as the physical benefits, there are many benefits of being part of great community spirit with strong team values. Plus you can play at whatever level you feel comfortable with. I don’t think there is any other sport where an 8 year old can play on the same equal playing field to an 80 year old and both compete equally! And bowls has a fantastic social side too - there is always a social event going on in a bowling club to get involved in.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:01

Women Can Leader - Julie Leake


Julie LeakeI have participated in many different sports over the years including netball, hockey and badminton and have always enjoyed the camaraderie and competitiveness of being part of a team whether it was representing my club, county or country. I have also played more individualised sports including golf and tennis which I really enjoyed as it was really about me, my performance and being my personal best. In addition, I have run several half marathons and two full marathons between the age of 18-25. As well as the social and team side, sport has also provided a form of escapism from every day life and has always been there for me through both good and bad times.

I was first introduced to bowls back in 1994. I was thrashing a tennis ball around a tennis court at our local club in Ringwood when I hit a stray shot (one of many) which found itself in the middle of the adjacent bowling green where a match was being played. Upon retrieving the guilty object, I happened to mention how interesting the game looked and was invited to have a go! So, I went to try bowls and it actually proved to be perfect timing. I was struggling to continue to play high impact sports owing to a problematic knee but I still wanted to be involved in a competitive sport and bowls became my solution. Little did I know that it would play such a big part of mine and my husband Roy’s life together. We have shared an amazing journey together and he has undoubtedly been my number one supporter.

As well as playing sports, after landing a dream job at a local private school 30 years ago, they noted on my CV that I played various sports and asked if I would be interested in getting involved in the girl’s sports teams (14-18 years old) as they were looking for more support staff. A year later with a few coaching courses under my belt, I was running Netball/Tennis and Hockey teams and have been in that dedicated role until very recently. There is nothing more rewarding as a coach than watching your teams/individuals perform successfully knowing that hopefully I contributed in some way towards the positive outcome. As I have recently taken early retirement and have a little more time I feel that now is the right time for me to be able to put something back into bowls. Bowls has given me so much enjoyment over the years and I feel that with my coaching background, coaching bowls is an obvious avenue to peruse and I am already actively involved at my local indoor club with both the Junior section and our Adult Development groups.

I think more women should get involved in bowls as it is one of the few sports that can be played competitively no matter what you age. Women of 80 + can compete with teenage girls and what other sport could you take up after the kids have left home and still have the opportunity to represent your country. My lifetime ambition was to represent England in a sport and my dream came true when I took up bowls! From a 33 year old beginner to a 45 year old World Champion! So, no matter what age you start a bowls career anything is possible! The camaraderie that exists within the sport and the friendships you form are particularly invaluable later on in life. You will never be lonely if you take up this sport as everyone within your club becomes your extended family and members tend to look out for each other.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 12:48

Women Can Leader - Helen Wood


Helen WoodI was able bodied as a child and played all sports. Team sports were my main love - hockey tennis, badminton and rounders. Once I left school, I played basketball to a decent standard. It was then, in my late teens that I started to have problems health wise. I was in and out of hospital for over three years. Regardless of what was going on with me medically, the thought of having to give up playing basketball was devastating. Eventually I was diagnosed with Hemi-Dystonia, which is a neurological condition which affects my left side. I became a wheelchair user age 21.

From hospital, I went into rehab to try to learn how to live with my disability and it was there that I met Phil. I told him all about my love of sport and in particular Basketball and he suggested I tried Wheelchair Basketball. I did and loved it. I joined a club, played and trained regularly and actually went on to represent Great Britain from 1986 to 1992.

Sadly, my health then deteriorated further and I could no longer play due to the amount of contact involved. It was heart breaking. I went back into rehab and it was there that I met my now husband, Barry. On our first weekend away together, we went to a Hotel complex where they happened to have an indoor bowls green. I loved it and was immediately hooked. It was exactly what I needed. So, when we got back home, we found out where our local indoor club was and went down to play. From here, I haven’t looked back. I was the first wheel chair user to reach the EIBA national finals and have now got my England Cap for Disability Bowls England. I have also trialled with the women’s indoor team.

Bowls has genuinely given me a life and helps me to focus on the things I can do rather than the things that I can’t. I have always been a competitive person, I find that competition gives me a purpose and it drives me. As I don’t work, bowls has also been important from a social interaction perspective as it means when I am at my club (York & District IBC), I am meeting and engaging with different types of people.

I think more women should play bowls because it’s a safe environment where every one is welcoming and you can choose what level you want to play at as well as play as much or as little as you want. It has a great social side and is not daunting even if like me, you are shy.

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